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A Water Damage Timeline | SERVPRO® of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

a bathroom sink showing signs of a water leak No matter the damage sustained, SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton has the tools and team to help your home return to a normal state quickly.

One thing’s for sure, you don’t have time to deal with water damage. Unfortunately, that won’t stop it from affecting your home.

Something as seemingly insignificant as a leaky faucet or a small water spot could have a destructive effect on your home. This is because water could be lurking in places you can’t see.

An average household leak can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water in a year.

Water damage progresses rapidly, permeating your floors, walls and soft surfaces. That’s why it’s important to address the issue right away, rather than put it off. Here’s how quickly water can corrupt the integrity of your home:

In the First 24 Hours

If you live in a house, there is a one in four chance of a flood damaging your home within a 30-year period in a high-risk area. Knowing what to do next is essential.

You need to take steps within the first 24 to 48 hours after flooding or water damage in order to save your home from further damage. Unfortunately, some items will immediately fall victim to water’s disastrous effects. These include things like upholstered furniture, wood surfaces and personal belongings like books and photographs.

Luckily, SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton operates with the mindset of “restoring vs. replacing” because we know how important these items are to you. This will help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced.

We will be sure to remove any salvageable items as quickly as possible, so they can dry. We will let you know if anything cannot be saved.

In a Week

After the first 24 hours, water damage will become much worse as mold sets in and spreads like wildfire. This, along with the excess moisture, will become to affect the structure of your home.

In addition, porous surfaces such as wood surfaces and walls will become increasingly compromised, and metal surfaces will start corroding.

Past Seven Days

When you left water sit in your home for over a week, it may get to the point of no return. By this point, the structure will be extremely compromised, and the costs and efforts to restore the structure of your home will be high.

How SERVPRO Can Help

Give SERVPRO a call as soon as possible, preferably within the first 24 hours. As soon as we hear from you, our experts will get to work to restore your home. We start by extracting any excess water in the home to prevent it from spreading any further.

It is likely your floors, furniture and other belongings will require cleaning, sanitizing and deodorization. After we have removed most of the water, our specialists will use industry-leading drying equipment to remove the water you can’t see.

After we have address all these areas, your home may still require some restoration work, and this could include either minor or major repairs.

Allow our team to simplify the restoration process for you by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. SERVPRO will keep you up to date on every step and have you back in your home or business in no time.

Regardless of the type of water damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover. Contact us 247 when you need a dependable team to help you recover.

Commercial Systems Prone to Water Damage: SERVPRO of Dublin/Claxton/Vidalia

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

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Commercial properties present unique risks when it comes to water damage. Unlike residential homes, which are usually one story and have easily accessible crawl spaces and attics, commercial buildings can be many stories high with flat roofs and multiple storefront windows. They also often have expensive specialized equipment that can be very costly to repair or replace if damaged by water. In this blog post, we will discuss the different parts of a commercial building that are at risk for water damage, as well as some tips on how to prevent it.

Plumbing Systems

The first and most obvious risk for water damage in a commercial property is the plumbing system. Because commercial buildings have more bathrooms, kitchens, and other water-using fixtures, they also have larger and more complex plumbing systems. These systems are often located in hard-to-reach places, making them difficult to repair if they spring a leak.

One of the main water damage challenges according to The Hartford Insurance is an improperly maintained sprinkler system. By law, most commercial buildings must have a fire sprinkler system, but many building owners forget to regularly maintain and test these systems. While a well-maintained fire sprinkler system can help prevent extensive fire damage in the event of a fire, improper maintenance or disaster planning can cause extensive water damage that can flood multiple floors.

Another plumbing risk is burst pipes. Commercial buildings, especially high rises tend to run at a higher pressure than residential buildings. Therefore, a burst pipe has the potential to release significantly more water than a home.

One of the ways in which we help commercial property owners prevent catastrophic property damage before it happens is through our app-based Emergency Response Planning program (ERP).

Roofing Systems

In addition to the plumbing system, there are a number of exterior commercial building components that can experience water damage. One of the most common is the flat roof. Because flat roofs are not sloped like traditional pitched roofs, they tend to pool water instead of shedding it. This can lead to leaks and eventually, if left unaddressed, major water damage.

Some common commercial roofing systems include:

  • Built-up Roofing (BUR): Often called tar and gravel roofs, these commercial roofing systems are built with a semi-continuous membrane installed in layers, then covered in aggregate. While they are usually simple to maintain, best practices suggest inspecting the roof for deterioration and possible leak points at least twice yearly.
  • Thermoplastic Single-Ply Membrane Roofing (PVC & TPO): These roofs are installed in large rolls that are then welded together at the seams with heat. The material is very durable and oil-resistant. However, the heat-welding methods require skilled installation, which can lead to weak points and leak-prone areas if not performed correctly.
  • EPDM Roofing: Some roofers call these "rubber roofs" because the material they are made of, ethylene propylene diene monomer is very rubber-like. This kind of roof is derived from oil and natural gas, and appears dark gray or black. When installed correctly and with the highest thickness available, this type of commercial roof will last a very long time with little to no issues. Unless you experience storm damage in your area, an annual check for leaks around the roof penetrations should suffice.

Window Systems

Commercial window systems are built for durability and use, however, they can often present a unique water damage challenge for commercial facilities. Most aluminum glazing systems aren't intended to be 100% waterproof. Most commercial window systems are meant to limit water penetration during extreme circumstances while also weeping water back out to the exterior.

By directing all moisture to the sill flashing, storefront systems limit water penetration. It's critical that the sill flashing be installed correctly in order to avoid water damage. Making sure that sealant is put on the top of the rear leg before installing the sill is one of the most important aspects of a good installation.

The most essential aspect of maintaining water penetration with a storefront is end dam fastening and sealing. Water will enter the building through the jamb locations if end dams are not properly fastened and sealed. Improperly (or missing) end dams can cause significant water damage to the interior drywall or flooring around commercial storefront windows.

Like anything else in a building, time and the elements can cause wear and tear and failure of these commercial window water control systems.

Commercial Water Damage Inspection Services

So if you notice moisture or water damage around your storefront windows, you should consider calling SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton to inspect for potential water damage issues. Our technicians are trained to identify, troubleshoot, and restore all types of commercial water issues.

Call today to schedule your commercial service!

(912) 538-1323

Tips to Stay Safe during Fire Damage: SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

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It's that time of year again - fire season in Dublin, GA, and surrounding areas. Between February and May, the weather gets hotter and drier, while the risk of house fires rises. A fire may start from a variety of sources, ranging from a faulty wire to an overloaded outlet to a kitchen mishap to a bonfire left unattended. It's critical to know how to react quickly and effectively if your home catches fire.

Here's What You Need To Know If A Fire Starts: 

The first line of defense against a house fire is to know how to use the proper fire extinguisher for the situation. This simple procedure can help save lives and hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage. If the fire spreads uncontrollably, evacuate immediately and stay away, then call 9-1-1. Leave all of your belongings where they are and save yourself and your loved ones.

If your clothing ignites, remember the old adage: Stop, Drop, and Roll.

It's critical to utilize the stairs if you live in a building with elevators in case of a fire. The elevator electrical system may be damaged by a fire, causing the shaft to operate like a chimney and rapidly fill up with deadly fumes.

Doors may be used to your advantage in a fire, potentially saving your life. If the doorknob or handle is hot, don't open it. If you can't exit through the primary route, look for another option. Do not open any doors that are warm to the touch.

Close any doors that might obstruct your exits, lay a wet towel beneath the doors, and call the fire department or 9-1-1 if flames, heat, or fire block your avenues of escape. Tell them exactly where you are so they can find you.

If you're near a window that you can't use as an escape, open it and wave a brightly colored cloth or use your phone flashlight to signal for help.

What To Do After a Fire

After a fire, it is important to contact a professional fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton. We have the training, experience, and equipment to properly restore your home - "Like it never even happened."

If you try to clean up the fire damage yourself, you could end up making the situation worse both in your home and with your insurance company's process.

Trust the experts, and call today!

Spring Weather Hazards in Georgia | SERVPRO® of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton

3/7/2022 (Permalink)

an image with a cloudy, rainy, sunny and snowy sky Extreme temperature changes can lead to severe weather. SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton is a click away if you experience any damage.

The United States is one of the world’s largest countries, second only to Russia and Canada in terms of total land area (though China is larger if all outlying US territories are excluded).

Seasonal weather isn’t one-size-fits all in a country with such a large and diverse territory under one umbrella—various parts of the nation experience distinct weather patterns, and hence face weather threats of differing degrees throughout the course of the year.

As spring approaches and warm and cold air masses meet throughout the country, let’s take a look at what different weather events to anticipate in some of the main regions, as well as what we need to be aware of here in Georgia.

During the spring months, the Pacific Northwest is prone to severe rain, which may bring floods and water damage to homeowners. Snow will continue fall at higher altitudes, and the melting and runoff from that will bring issues of its own.

The Upper Midwest and Northeast have the longest winters to face as cold weather will stick around for the whole season. Extreme cold and the threat of snowstorms and blizzards may be expected stretching from Maine to the Dakotas until late spring or perhaps early summer, when temperatures begin to rise.

On the other hand, the southern West Coast will have to watch out for excessive heat waves that could endanger lives and safety, and the South Pacific, including Hawaii, will be on the lookout for possible tsunamis caused by tectonic activity.

Windstorms, derechos and the possibility of wildfires will be a concern for the center of the nation, from Iowa to Texas. Wildfires can readily spread when winds are strong and seasons are dry. And, of course, part of this region is Tornado Alley, which has a high frequency of tornadoes.

Finally, extreme weather is possible in the Southeast, including here in Georgia, ranging from tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in landlocked states to hazardous rip currents on the coast and hurricanes in the spring. Thunderstorms are common in Georgia, particularly in the spring and summer months. Oftentimes, remnants of tropical storms coming in from coastal states can also cause severe flooding.

Extreme weather is a considerable hazard in the United States, regardless of where you live. Yours may differ from your friend’s a few states away, but knowing how to be prepared is always a good idea.

If extreme weather leaves you with damage from water, fire or other elements, help is a click away. Contact SERVPRO for fast, expert recovery.

Our Commercial Drying Specialists are Water Damage Restoration Experts | SERVPRO® of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton

2/28/2022 (Permalink)

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If your business experiences a water damage emergency in Dublin, GA or Vidalia, GA it is crucial to hire a professional local restoration company with advanced experience in water damage mitigation. SERVPRO of Dublin / Vidalia / Claxton has extensive knowledge and training in water damage restoration, and our certified technicians are experts in the field. We understand the importance of timely mitigation and thoroughly drying your commercial property, and our team is equipped to handle any size water cleanup job.

Why is the CDS certification important for Commercial Water Damage Restoration?

The Commercial Drying Specialist (CDS) certification is one of the highest levels of certification offered by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). To achieve CDS certification, technicians must demonstrate expertise in the water damage restoration process. This certification confirms that they have the service expertise necessary to dry especially complex building structures such as commercial buildings, industrial facilities, institutional buildings, and high-value furniture, fixtures, and equipment.

Our SERVPRO Technicians who obtain this certification have demonstrated the necessary work ethic, attention to detail, and technical skillset to handle any size water damage mitigation project. From a small residential water loss, all the way up to 100,000 square feet or more of flood-damaged building materials in your structure, our CDS certified technicians can handle your structural flood project smoothly and successfully.

Commercial Drying Specialists who pass the certification exam must demonstrate a deep understanding of building analysis and anatomy, advanced inspection methods, understand advanced moisture psychrometric ideas, and administer and manage any kind of large water drying project.

Advanced Water Damage Inspection & Evaluation

Large commercial water damage projects require a specialized approach to water damage evaluation. The unique building materials and specialized construction methods used in commercial, institutional, and industrial facilities introduce moisture complexities that require the deep knowledge of a CDS SERVPRO technician. That is why our certified SERVPRO team members are trained extensively to identify and assess building property damage effectively using the multitude of advanced assessment tools and equipment that SERVPRO provides for them.

Commercial Restoration Process Administration

When your office, factory, or production facility experiences a flood, the damage can go beyond just the wet building materials. Downtime and reduced production capacity can cause your business to lose money. When you call us for service, our Commercial Drying Specialists understand this. That is why they are trained in the proper structural repair and restoration processes to control and mitigate the water damage while establishing a water repairs process that maximizes your facility's production ability considering the hazards presented by your large water loss. That includes working around the clock and off-hours, sealing off affected or dangerous structural areas, working in phases to clean and remove damage, and employing consistent daily communication with your business's leadership team so you can plan your business's daily work activities accordingly.

Technical & Cutting-Edge Restoration Methods

From restoring any type of water and mold-affected flooring to working around industrial electrical equipment safely, our SERVPRO technicians know what it takes to immediately mitigate your business's property damage and work to get it effectively restored. Different types of building materials require different cleaning, disinfection, and drying methods. After evaluating the water damage, our CDS certified SERVPRO professionals plan their response to save as many building materials as possible to minimize your costs and downtime. The water damage restoration process is very different when you need to cleanup after a toilet overflow versus when you have to dry an entire factory while keeping your production equipment running. We can handle both types of water damage and everything in between.

Conclusion

SERVPRO of Dublin / Vidalia / Claxton is Faster to Any Size Disaster no matter how large your water restoration project may be. Our service professionals will thoroughly inspect your structure, and restore any kind of wet material. From cleaning mold and rapidly drying flood damage, our local SERVPRO team has the resources to respond to your project immediately and arrive when you need us.

Call today! We'll leave your property damage "Like it never even happened." (912) 538-1323

With These Tips, You Can Avoid a Fire in Your Commercial Kitchen

2/21/2022 (Permalink)

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If you operate a restaurant, bar, or commercial kitchen in Toombs Central, GA, or Vidalia, GA, it is critical to reduce fire danger. In 2017 alone, according to the  National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fire departments responded to over 7,410 building fires caused by kitchens in restaurants and bars. Commercial kitchens suffer annual losses of $165 million in property damage and an average of three deaths as a result of kitchen fires that are typically preventable. These suggestions can help you and your staff stay safe while avoiding fire code infractions that might cause shutdowns.

What Are the Ducting and Air Movement Criteria for Fire Prevention?

The NFPA 96 Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations' Chapter 7, which is dedicated to ventilation control and fire protection, covers all of this in detail. Keep the following points in mind as well:

Commercial kitchen ducts should never share an exhaust system with the structure's ventilation or have obstructed access panels. While avoiding these measures might save money in the short term, the fire risk rises significantly. If you do not pay attention to this, your commercial kitchen work will most likely not be accepted at inspection.

At least 18 inches away from the kitchen ducts, keep combustible materials away. This is based on Section 4.2 of the NFPA 96. It's easy to overlook this once the kitchen is in use. Ducts also produce a lot of radiant heat, which might cause flammable materials like boxes or cups to catch fire.

If you want to learn more about the many sorts of combustible and non-combustible materials that should or should not be kept near a duct, look into NFPA Chapter 3.

What Are My Commercial Kitchen Fire Extinguisher Requirements?

"The NFPA 96 requires automated fire suppression equipment for all grease removal devices, hood exhaust plenums, and exhaust duct systems in a commercial kitchen, as well as any cooking equipment that produces grease-laden vapors." - Koorsen Fire & Security

The NFPA 96 says that Class K fire extinguishers should be used in combination with automatic fire-extinguishing systems. These extinguishers are also marked with warning signs that identify their class. Portable extinguishers should not be used to put out kitchen fires in commercial buildings unless the automatic fire-extinguishing system has been turned on. This is because high-efficiency cooking equipment can reach high temperatures, which can turn vegetable oils into dangerous flammable fuels. When oil ignites at these high temperatures, it's often already too hot for a portable extinguisher to handle.

Another standard that you should familiarize yourself with is the UL 300 standard.

According to this article by Insureon, a kitchen's cooking equipment must meet the following UL 300 standards:

The hood, ducts, and above each cooking appliance must have fire-extinguishing nozzles. Both gas and electric power sources must have an automatic fuel shut-off option. For all power sources, a manual fuel shut-off button must be provided. A wet-chemical fire-extinguishing system must meet UL 300 criteria - one of which is undergoing semiannual checkups by a certified professional.

If you need immediate assistance after a fire, our teams are available 24/7/365. With our promise of being Faster to Any Size Disaster, you can count on SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton to be there when it counts. Call us today at (912) 538-1323 for rapid assistance.

Do You Have a Business Disaster Plan? | SERVPRO® of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton

2/19/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee standing in office next to a person reviewing plans If the day comes where your business is hit with disaster or emergency, you can rest assured SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton will be there to help.

You’ve got a lot on your plate. Starting and running a business is not only a full-time job, it’s more like an overtime job.

Your responsibilities include tireless hours managing staffing, inventory, marketing and so much more. One thing you might not be prepared for is the event of a disaster striking your beloved business. You’ve worked hard to get where you are, and we want to help you be prepared in case the worst happens.

When a flood, fire, storm or heaven forbid, another pandemic comes knocking at your business’ door, it can be difficult to open back up. According to FEMA, 40% of small businesses have to shut down permanently after a disaster, and a quarter of those that do have the ability to open back up actually have shut their doors for good in under a year.

So what can you do to give yourself a fighting chance against disaster? The answer isn’t as complicated as you might think. The answer is to have a plan!

In the U.S., three-fourths of small businesses don’t have any disaster plan in place. We want to help your business have the best chance of a comeback when a disaster strikes.

SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton can help you prepare by developing a personalized Emergency Ready Plan specifically for your business. We assess your concerns regarding your specific location and industry.

With our Emergency Ready Plan, we’ll cover everything together from a tornado to data recovery, just in case the worst happens to your business—you don’t have to wonder what to do.

Don’t make reopening after a disaster any more difficult than it already would be. SERVPRO can help you build your Emergency Ready Plan. It could be the difference between your business surviving or closing for good.

When your business is ready to prioritize planning and safety to prevent extended downtime, contact SERVPRO to get the Emergency Ready Plan underway from the folks who know all there is to know about disaster and recovery.

We’re Ready Around the Clock | SERVPRO® of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton

2/19/2022 (Permalink)

a small interior room showing extensive damage from a recent fire If a fire issue pops up during the holidays, remember the trusted leader in the recovery industry, SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton.

If you remember rotary phones in homes and “blue light specials” at the local big-box store, then it’s likely you’re old enough to remember a time when we did much more of something we hardly ever have to do now: waiting.

Remember sitting in a doctor’s office with nothing to do but twiddle your thumbs or check out a three-year-old magazine? Now you can video chat your physician from home while you play video games in the background.

So much of our lives is instant now, and that’s a good thing—especially when it comes to the urgency of home damage. If something happens in the night or on a weekend to create an acute need for service, you shouldn’t have to wait. And with SERVPRO’s world-class, 24-hour emergency services, you won’t have to.

Fast service and quick action matter, and here’s why.

After a fire. Fire does much damage in the immediate, that’s plain to see. But soot, the sneaky discharge created when combustion goes uncompleted, works behind the scenes to create even more damage, and it starts only minutes after the fire.

Soot and smoke combine to create stains and smells for which there is a very limited window for repair. Once that window passes, the only recourse is to completely reconstruct affected walls to get rid of them. It’s doable, of course, but having SERVPRO on the scene right away will save you time, money and smelly clothes.

After water damage. It’s hard to miss the puddled water and dripping after a burst pipe, but it’s easy to overlook the fact that 48 hours after water comes in contact with your surfaces, mold starts growing. Mold can cause health effects and damage your home's structure. The faster your home can be dried and dehumidified, the better off you’ll be.

If storms or natural disasters happen in the night or on the weekend, you’ve got a sudden, acute need, and you shouldn’t have to wait until 9 a.m. the next business day to get help. When time is of the essence, we’re ready to act.

You shouldn’t have to wait for help, and when you link up with us, you won’t. Trust the team that’s Faster to Any Size Disaster. Trust SERVPRO.

When you need help after a home or business disaster, fast service is a priority, and there’s nobody faster or more prepared than SERVPRO. Call us anytime to take advantage of our 24-hour emergency service.

Thorough Water Cleanup From the Pros | SERVPRO® of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton

2/19/2022 (Permalink)

a house floating in a large body of water When water damage strikes, make the call to SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton for A-to-Z cleanup and restoration.

Here’s an unreal statistic—every day some 14,000 Americans encounter a water damage incident at home.

Now we certainly hope you’re never one of those 14,000. But should the day ever come, your expert friends at SERVPRO will be here to help.

Here’s a look into the in-depth process your elite team will kick into action when you click or call for help.

Emergency Contact. We want to get to work right away, and that starts with making a game plan. When you call us with your emergency, we’ll ask some guiding questions to get a good grip on what’s going on. Then we’ll make an appointment for in-person and inspection, to be fulfilled in short order.

Inspection and Water Damage Assessment. Once we arrive on site, we’ll make sure your water source isn’t still flowing, and put a stop to it if it is. Then we’ll assess the damage and make determinations about what is going to have to be replaced, and what can be restored. We’ll also warn you about any potential hazards resulting from the existing damage.

Water Removal. Depending on your particular situation, your home may be filled with hundreds, even thousands, of gallons of water. We’ll use all the considerable power of our industrial pumps and water vacs to get rid of the bulk of it quickly, so we can get to work on the restoration process.

Damaged Material Removal. Our goal is restoration first, but not everything will make it. We’ll remove the things that can’t be salvaged to keep a safe environment during the drying process, and their removal will promote the drying process of the things that are in line for restoration.

Cleaning, Sanitizing and Deodorization. We don’t have to tell you that water can make a real mess of your home. Once the water is cleared out, we can start scrubbing, getting rid of stains, toxins and odors all that water can leave behind.

Drying. This is drying like you’ve never seen—in fact, you probably can’t see the leftover moisture to begin with, but our HEPA vacuums will pull excess water molecules from every surface, reducing the opporunity for mold to begin or continue growing in your home.

Monitoring. All the while, we’ll be keeping a watchful eye over the whole process, making sure plans and equipment run smoothly, and making adjustments as necessary.

Repairs and Construction. Once drying is complete and moisture is managed, the healing of your home continues through repair, replacement and if needed, reconstruction.

When water is the issue, we have the solution. We’ve been practicing for more than 50 years, and we’re ready to tackle the need, whatever it may be.

When water damage strikes, make the call to SERVPRO for A-to-Z cleanup and restoration. We’ll make your damaged property look “Like it never even happened.”

Every Fire Has 4 Basic Building Blocks | SERVPRO® of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton

2/19/2022 (Permalink)

a small paper house burning If your home or business has any damage, SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton is ready around the clock to help you recover.

A simple visual aid can be the difference between someone understanding a concept or remaining confused. Fire, for example, is an incredibly complex subject, but a humble geometric shape can be used to help us make sense of its fundamental elements.

Fire agencies refer to it the fire tetrahedron, and it consists of four triangular sides, each of which represent an element that is essential to the life of any fire.

Without any one of these present, a fire can’t live, which also tells us a few things about how we can use these foundational elements against a fire.

The 4 Things a Fire Needs to Live

Fuel. You want to grow big and strong, don’t you? Then do what Mom said and eat your proteins and veggies. And if any fire wants to grow, it needs to eat, too—but it can eat a lot more things than you can.

Heat. Any flammable material has an ignition point, and this point is reached as the material is heated. If you’ve ever had hot oil catch fire in a cooking pan, you know how quickly this can happen once the proper temperature is reached.

Oxygen. Oxidation is key to the combustion process of a fire, which means the fire has to consume and exhaust the oxygen from the surrounding atmosphere.

Chemical Chain Reaction. All these things not only have to combine at the same time, but they have to keep combining in a chain reaction in order for a fire to live.

The 4 Ways to Stop a Fire

Cool it. Get your water bucket ready, because one of the most effective ways to stop a fire is to counteract the heat by cooling the fuel, and getting it back to a state of thermal balance.

Smother it. When you stop, drop and roll to stop a clothing fire, or when you use a fire blanket to stop a sudden, wild flare-up on the grill, you’re taking action to deprive the fire of the oxygen it needs, thus ending the catalytic reaction.

Starve it. A fire that can’t eat can’t live. Removing the fuel source can achieve this end, or it will happen naturally once the fire consumes everything it can.

Interrupt the chain reaction. This is a little more scientific than we’ll get into in-depth, but certain gases are able to counteract the actual chemical reaction that keeps a fire going. These are used in certain fire extinguishers, especially in scenarios in which it’s important for water not to be used, such as when electrical equipment is nearby.

If the fire tetrahedron makes a wreck of your home or business, we’re ready around the clock to help you recover. Contact SERVPRO anytime for fast, thorough cleanup and recovery after a fire.